Friday, 25 March 2016

Matte Lips For Spring

A couple of weeks ago I took a trip to boots to find some new drugstore lip products that are perfect for spring and out of the few I bought, these two are my absolute favourites.
The L'Oreal Infallible Matte Max Lipstick in the shade 001 Silenco was one I picked up on a bit of a whim. The whole idea of the sponge just seemed way to fancy for me but once I swatched it I realised I just had to get it. Its a gorgeous matte pinky nude that on the lips isn't drying at all. The idea of the sponge is that the product is in the lid and every time you put the lid back on, the sponge soaks up the product ready for the next time you use it. It is a bit fancy but it works.
The second one is from Soap & Glory and only costs £3.50! The Sexy Mother Pucker Matte-Lip in Choccoberry is my new everyday lip colour. It's not my normal pinky nude but I love it. It's a lovely shade that can only be described as a berry nude. On the lips it last ages, its not drying and it doesn't budge. For only £3.50 you can't really go wrong and I'll definitely be picking up more of these!

Monday, 21 March 2016

Neapolitan Cupcakes | Recipe

For the Biscuit Base:
200g Bourbon Biscuits
50g Melted Butter
1tbsp Golden Syrup
For the Cupcakes:
125g Self Raising Flour
125g Caster Sugar
1/4 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
125g Unsalted Butter
2 Eggs
Vanilla Extract
200g Unsalted Butter
450g Icing Sugar
6-8tbsp Smooth Strawberry Jam
Start by lining your cupcake tray with your cases and preheating your oven to 170 degree Celsius. Then take your Bourbons and bash them into small crumbs. I do this by putting them in a bag and bashing them with a rolling pin but a food blender will also do the trick! Then mix in your butter a (melted) and your golden syrup. Then put about a table spoon into the bottom of each case and pack it in (I use the flat bottom of a 1/2 cup measurement) anyway you can so it's not all loose.
Then you make the cupcake batter. Start of by adding all the dry ingredients (flour, caster sugar, bicarbonate of soda) and then mix in your butter, vanilla extract and 2 eggs until the mixture is smooth but still quite thick. Then add about a ping pong ball sized amount onto the top of your biscuit base in the cupcake cases and even if it so every cupcake has the same amount. Fill the cases about 3/4's of the way full.
Then bake your cupcakes for 20-22 minutes.
To make the Icing simply mix together your icing sugar and butter until its completely smooth and and light (it takes a good 5-10 minutes on a medium speed to make it light enough) and then add the strawberry jam. The strawberry jam replaces the milk in this recipe but if your icing is still quite thick feel free to add a splash of milk. Mix the strawberry jam in the icing for a couple of minutes (the icing will turn a lovely strawberry pick colour!)
Then once your cakes are out of the oven and completely cooled, feel free to pipe the icing on or simply spoon it on! I decided to pipe mine with a wilton 1M tip.


Monday, 14 March 2016

Clearing My Head Space

I've had so many ideas for this post. I've written it and rewritten it a million times now and for some reason what I ended up writing just wasn't right.
The beginning of 2016 has been pretty awful if I'm honest. I lost the most amazing man in the world, my Grandad in January and since then everything has all been a blur. My mind has become a cloud of fog and however hard I try it's just not clearing. I can't shake the feeling that I'm losing control of myself and who I want to be. Everyone around me is moving on, living life and I find myself not wanting to catch up. I've never experienced loss before but I know I didn't expect to feel like this. My family are the most incredible group of people I know, they're strong and if anything we've all got stronger through all of this. I know for sure the only reason I'm getting through everything is down to them.
With the cloud of fog it's like I'm suffocating. I can't find any motivation to write blog posts even though I've got 100 different ideas, it's making me lose interest in my job which before everything happened I absolutely loved and it's stopping me from wanting to catch up with everyone else who's moving on. I don't want to feel like this. I want to stop holding back and I want to run and catch up with my life. I want more than anything to run and catch up with everyone but for some reason I can't. That's what I'm trying to work out. I'm still going through life day by day but its a blur. It's like I'm not really there and its difficult.
I guess what I'm trying to say is bare with me. I guess I'm telling myself this by telling you. There's no rush, just because everyone I know is living life and trying new experiences doesn't mean I have to rush to. I can take my time and I'm going to. Loss isn't something you move past over night. That's something I've definitely learnt through all this. I've learnt that loss is something everyone learns to live with, its just everyone learns in their own time and for some reason it's taking me a little longer than I thought it would.
I know I'll get there one day, it's all about baby steps and baby steps sounds pretty good to me.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Refreshing For Spring

I love this time of year so much. Knowing that winter is nearly over and spring is starting is my absolute favourite. I like to refresh at this time of year whether its my skincare, pamper routine, or just refreshing my thoughts, memories and mind.
For skincare I like to switch out any heavy moisturisers and scrubs for lighter and creamier cleansers, oils and face masks. I'm loving everything Liz Early at the moment but my favourite two products for this time of year are the Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser and the Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion. The cleanse & polish is the perfect for your evening skincare routine. It cleanses your skin, removes your makeup and polishes when you wipe it off with a muslin cloth. It leaves your skin feeling light, polished and clean. Perfect for spring. The eyebright lotion is great for the early mornings when you want to get rid of those grey winter under eye bags. You just have to soak two cotton pads and cover your eyes for 5-10 minutes. They refresh and cool your eyes making them look healthier and brighter within minutes. I've also been loving the Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I love applying this after cleansing, before I go to bed. You only need a few drops and it adds moisture and hydration to your skin overnight.
Next I like to refresh my mind by treating myself to pamper nights. For me, a perfect pamper night includes binge watching gossip girl on Netflix even though I've watched it 3 times already, running myself a nice warm bath using a lush bath bomb or bubble bar and treating my skin to a lovely lush face mask. I've been loving using the Don't Look At Me Fresh Face Mask as it really hydrates my dry skin and exfoliates and nourishes any blemishes. For a lovely spring bubble bar I've been using the Cherry Blossom from Lush. Its an Oxford Street exclusive but if you can get your hands on it, I would! It's a perfect spring scent and who doesn't like a pink bubble bath!
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